Tour de France reporter Jonathan Brown has decided to saddle up and ride the 190km stage one route from Leeds to Harrogate in a single day in June.
The challenge has been set in a bid to raise money for the charities behind Wheatfields and St Gemma’s hospices in Leeds, which support people with life-limiting illnesses.
With the help of training-pro.co.uk coach Tom Barras and cycling firms Wheelbase and Cyclesense, the 25-year-old has agreed to an eight hour weekly training plan and is writing a weekly training column.
To donate to the St Gemma’s collection visit www.justgiving.com/letourtrial or for Wheatfields see www.justgiving.com/letourtrial1.
WEEK 14: I’ve started ramping up my ride distances as I’ve only got a week to go until I try to ride 190km in one painful go.
This week I’ve managed two rides of over 110km each – the first was painful, unenjoyable and exhausting, the second was actually not too bad.
The difference? Food and drink. I’ve never got involved in a sport that is so reliant on fuelling yourself, so for my second ride I stocked up on energy gels, carbohydrate drinks, bananas and energy bars, and I felt I could have gone further.
I do feel I’m capable – factoring in the right amount of breaks and food and drink – of completing stage one in a day but the thought of adding an extra 80km to the rides I’ve done this week is nothing but daunting.
As my rides have been getting longer, I’m glad to report that my fundraising has started to take shape. I’ve had pledges adding up to over £500 from friends, family, contacts and colleagues thus far.
The plan for the week ahead is keep up the workrate. I plan to ride well over 110km on Monday, and then rest so I am in good shape for the weekend challenge.
I’m also hoping to recruit some fellow riders to take on sections of the stage with me on either June 21 or 22. Any takers feel free to email me and get on board at firstname.lastname@example.org.